Scientific studies have shown that plastics greatly contribute to the littering of oceans. In marine protection, plastic particles with a diameter smaller than 5 mm are called microplastics. These can be secondary fragments, which come about from corroding larger plastics, such as packaging or fibres coming off textiles when they are being washed. They can also be primary particles; these are particles ready-made in microscopic sizes. Primary particles include granulates in for example cosmetics, washing powders, cleaning products and other uses.
On 1 July 2014 nova-Institute hosted a very successful first event on this topic with more than 100 representatives from industry, science, politics and associations from the German-speaking world. The second event will now approach the topic from a more international perspective: the event will be expanded to a second day and the conference language will be English.
The Microplastics event will:
- Identify sources of microplastics and quantify the amount ending up in nature,
- Reveal impacts on marine ecosystems and human beings and
- Propose solutions for current problems, such as prevention, recycling and biopolymers.
The event will provide plenty of scope for discussion between producers, consumers, scientists, environmental organisations, governmental agencies and other stakeholders.
You can benefit from the early bird discount of 15% until 30 June 2015!
If you want to contribute to the success of this event with your presentation, be a sponsor or become a media partner, please contact Roland Essel, firstname.lastname@example.org, +49 (0)2233 48 14 42
Source: nova-Institute, 2015-06-03.